CHECK-IN AND BOARD­ING:

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED & TESTED -

Upon ar­riv­ing at LAX’s Tom Bradley In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal, I checked in at the ded­i­cated Pres­tige Class (what Korean Air calls their Busi­ness Class) desk with no wait­ing. Se­cu­rity was also quick with a ded­i­cated Busi­ness / First Class line. At LAX, Korean Air’s Pres­tige Class pas­sen­gers have ac­cess to the stylish and spa­cious SkyTeam lounge. I found the lounge geared more to­ward leisure trav­el­ers with lim­ited food se­lec­tion and few work spa­ces. How­ever it does have a large in­door pa­tio seat­ing area with nice views over the new ter­mi­nal. The board­ing process was fast with a ded­i­cated line for First and Busi­ness Class pas­sen­gers. Pres­tige Class pas­sen­gers have their own board­ing door on the up­per deck of the A380.

Pres­tige Class seats take up the en­tire up­per cabin, ar­ranged in a spa­cious 2-2-2 con­fig­u­ra­tion 74 inches apart. The seats are what I would call stan­dard in­ter­na­tional long-haul biz class shell seats, of­fer­ing a flat bed, good per­sonal space and rea­son­able pri­vacy. On the down­side, while the seat does be­come fully flat, it’s not quite par­al­lel to the floor, re­clin­ing maybe 175 de­grees. All the seats con­trols worked prop­erly and the 15.4 inch seat­back mon­i­tor had a va­ri­ety of West­ern and Korean pro­gram­ming.Views from mul­ti­ple cam­eras mounted on the A380 pro­vided some amaz­ing per­spec­tives es­pe­cially dur­ing take­off and land­ing.

With at­ten­tive, pro­fes­sional ser­vice, de­li­cious food, fine wine and a long list of IFE op­tions, the 13 hour and 40 minute flight was quite

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